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Launceston

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  • Day36

    Der Nachmittag brachte uns dann ins gemütliche Strahan, wo wir auf anraten unseres Tourguides Ben die Fudge Factory besuchten, die ein frisches Baguette, leckeren Kaffee und eine große Auswahl unterschiedlicher Fudge-Sorten bereit hielt. Für was das kleine Städtchen noch bekannt ist: Streetart ❤! An sämtlichen Häusern fand man Kunstwerke und es hatte auch einen Park mit großen Gemäldern in Form einer Ausstellung 😊.
    Als ob wir grade nicht schon genug kulinarisch versorgt worden sind, steuerten wir als nächstes eine Honey-Farm an, die neben den lokalen, einzigartigen Sorten auch Frucht-, Nuss- und Schokoladenhonig zu bieten hatte. Zusätzlich konnte man Bienen life bei der Arbeit beobachten. Nach dem ausgiebigen Tasting war mir erstmal ganz schön schlecht 😅. Doch ruckzuck ging es weiter zur Lachsfarm, wo es nicht nur den Fisch selber, sondern auch Dip und Gewürz zu probieren gab.
    Danach fuhren wir auch schon Launceston an. Ein heißer Sommertag konnte auf dieser Tour jedoch nicht ohne eine Möglichkeit ins kühle Nass zu springen vorbei gehen: Am Stadtrand gab es nämlich erinnern Badesee, übergehend in einen Fluss mit kleinen Wasserfällen und Walking Tracks mit einer zu passierenden Hängebrücke mit Blick auf die “Wasserfällchen“. Doch entspannen durften wir nur kurzzeitig, mussten wir doch bereits um halb sechs am Busterminal in Richtung Hobart stehen. Mit dem Redliner sollte es eine angenehme Fahrt werden, hätte der Vorderreifen nicht stetig an Luft verloren, was ein Dauergepiepse auslöste.. öfters standen wir also mitten im nirgendwo am Straßenrand, bevor die Fahrt auf unbestimmte Zeit weiter ging. Aber glücklicherweise kamen wir doch noch irgendwann in Hobart an und ich konnte in mein wundervolles Montacute Hostel einchecken. Und was mir dann neben den zahlreichen What's App Nachrichten doch noch den Tag versüßte: ein Free Thai Curry mit leckerem Gemüse stand im Kühlschrank und das war nach einem langen Tag einfach nur super lecker 😊.
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  • Day19

    Launceston

    January 31, 2017 in Australia

    Heute sind wir in Launceston - es ist die zweitgrößte Stadt auf Tasmanien und eine der ältesten Städte in Australien. Hier stehen auch heute noch gut erhaltene alte viktorianische und historische Gebäude. Uns ist aufgefallen, dass die Fronten (wie so oft in Australien) mit billig wirkenden Vordächern versehen sind...

  • Day155

    Schnabeltier, Schnabeligel, Schnabel...

    March 2, 2017 in Australia

    Nach einem kurzen Abstecher zur schönen Bay of Fires fuhren wir auf der North East Route in Richtung Launceston.
    In Beauty Point machten wir beim Platypus-Haus einen Halt. Hier gibt es eine der wenigen Möglichkeiten, Schnabeltiere und Schnabeligel von Nahem zu betrachten.
    Die Schnabeltiere waren hauptsächlich im Wasser unterwegs und paddelten und plantschten umher.
    Die Schnabeligel waren da schon zutraulicher und wir konnten uns direkt neben sie setzen. Während sie etwas zu essen erhielten, konnten wir sie von Nahem beobachten und sie kurvten zwischen unseren Beinen umher.Read more

  • Day37

    Launceston

    March 27, 2017 in Australia

    Zwischenstopp

    Ich fahre morgens also weiter, in die zweitgrößte Stadt Tasmaniens: Launceston. Eigentlich wollte ich morgens nochmal in den Cradle NP, aber es ist wieder regnerisch und neblig, also sehe ich zu, dass ich aus der Suppe herauskomme. Ich komme also mittags schon an und natürlich regnet es hier auch... aber es geht noch, deshalb beschließe ich mit meiner neuen Zimmernachbarin trotzdem die an der Stadt gelegene Schlucht anzuschauen und wir gehen zu Fuß durch. Irgendwann hört es das Regnen auf und wir können die kleine Wanderung besser genießen.
    In der Stadt gibt es dann noch einen Kaffee (sehr speziell aber lecker: Café Latte mit Honig und dunkler Schokolade) und wir gehen einkaufen.
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  • Day27

    day 5 - launceston

    March 5, 2017 in Australia

    In the morning I did a short hike. It was nice to walk around a small Lake. Then some Australian guy from Queensland came to talk with us that was really cosy. He did also farmwork and maybe had some work for us when we go to Queensland. So we'll see.

    First we went to launceston, that was a really nice area! All Stones and a big River. Also a nice hike of 45 minutes all around. We also visited a place called grindelwald, that looked just like Switzerland.

    Afterwards we went to a park to make Lunch and there was a lookout to a big dam.

    At the end we drove to a town called pinguin, how cool is that! They had a statue of a penguin, but the size was a bit disappointing. I expected something like 4 or 5 meters but it was just a bit more than 2.

    At the end. We did an amazing coastal drive and ending up at the nicest beach in Australia. And 9th place of nicest beaches from the world. We were lucky there was still room for us on the campspot!
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  • Day14

    Ein ganzer Tag in Launceston

    April 10 in Australia

    Mit Frühstück ging es morgens in den City Park von Launceston. Dort ist außerdem auch die weltlängste Parkbank (Bild 1) und auch ein Gehege mit Affen vorhanden.
    Gestärkt ging es dann also zum „Cataract Gorge Reserve“. Dort haben wir uns ein paar Tracks ausgesucht (Bild 2).
    Angefangen haben wir an der First Basin und sind dann den „Duck Reach Trail“ entlang zur Duck Reach Power Station. Diese erreicht man indem über eine kleine Brücke den Fluss überquert. Auf der anderen Seite ging es dann sehr steile Stufen den Hügel hoch auf dem „Snake Gully Track“. Auf diesem ging es dann wieder zurück zur First Basin. Zum Abschluss haben wir dann noch den „Cataract Walk“ entlang des Flusses gemacht, dieser war eher kürzer und kaum anstrengend.
    In dem Reserve haben wir dann noch gevespert und sind dann mit dem Auto ab nach Scottsdale. Dort waren wir etwas einkaufen und sind danach nach Branxholm weiter. Denn dort gab es einen gratis Campingplatt, welcher gar nicht so schlecht aussah!

    (Der Footprint ist im Cataract Gorge Reserve gesetzt.)
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  • Day1

    Flying to Tassie

    April 11, 2017 in Australia

    After a last minute panic when we couldn't find our suitcase locks, Anita dropped us at the station and we were soon on our way to the airport. No dramas checking in and after a hurried airport cafe sandwich we were on our way. Thankfully the third occupant in our row was a very small English gentleman so it made for a comfortable trip. Met John at the baggage carousel and travelled into town with him on the shuttle bus. Checked into Penny Royal where Rae assured me we had stayed twice before. Possibly our room is the same as well! Little man from the plane walked in behind us and said his bag was left in Sydney. We met up with Vince and Gael who said there weren't too many places to eat. Decided to book at the Cataract Restaurant. Pricey, but Gael was yearning for a steak. Rae and Gael both had a stone grill meal which you cook yourself at the table.Read more

  • Day3

    Exploring Launceston

    April 13, 2017 in Australia

    Started again with a Penny Royal coffee over which we attempted to plan our last free day before the competition. Basically there were 6 of us with six different agendas. Rae was keen to step out the route that we would be marching along the next day, so we headed up to that part of town. The route was reasonably long and would require us to do a repeat. After that we met up with the others and strolled around looking at the shops of downtown Launceston before stopping at Banjos for a drink and a light lunch, bumping into lots of bandies who had been gradually arriving. We made our way back to our digs and after a brief stop walked down to Cataract Gorge, quite close to where we were staying. It's sides are quite steep with the Tamar River running down through it. We started from the bridge, walking along the right hand side of the gorge. It is about a half hour pleasant walk with a lovely cafe at the other end, set in the valley. A chair lift goes across, there are peacocks wandering around, with large leafy old trees in their autumn colours. Beautiful!

    All had devonshire tea before making our way across the foot bridge to the other side then back across to meet the original path and go back. I wanted to do a bit of practice and have a bit of a rest before going out for dinner. The previous couple of nights had been a bit expensive, so we suggested going down to a Food court we'd remembered from our last visit. The food was reasonable, with lots of choice and of course quite a lot less expensive. In the middle of the court was a small bar, so we were even able to have a glass of wine with our meal!

    With the competition starting tomorrow, we were keen to get back, rest up, and have an early night to be in too form! Nevertheless my wrist band told me I'd clocked up 17000 steps for the day!
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  • Day4

    First day of comp: Hymn and own choice

    April 14, 2017 in Australia

    Ken had called a rehearsal for 10 o'clock at the guides hall just down the road. Since Rae and I were on foot, we left with the intention of just going on to the contest venue straight after rehearsal. Rehearsal went OK but there were plenty of nerves, wrong notes and parts that just weren't right.

    We didn't have to carry our instruments - Garry took them up in his car, which was great - Rae and I had put our instruments into hard cases for the journey which made them heavy and cumbersome, compared with our soft gig bags that we usually carry them in.

    Got up to the Grand Chancellor Hotel in enough time to have a sandwich and a coffee at Samuel Pepys, a small 100% gluten free cafe in Launceston. There were a few different venues being used for the comp: The Grand Chancellor, Albert Hall, and Launceston College.

    1pm was warm up time, and the nerves were obvious. Then it was our turn. I felt I played my solo in the hymn as well as I was ever going to play it (The Lord Bless you and Keep you), and was happy with the way I played the test (Visions), Others weren't so happy.

    We filed off to get our official photo and then piled into Alchemy to collapse over a drink. Then we had a little bit of respite but not too much and walked back to Penny Royal where we were to have our very first marching practice for the march tomorrow, lead very ably by Will. Nothing fancy, just starts, stops and one turn!

    The Irish pub was the chosen venue for tonight's dinner, most of the band opting to go. The food mostly was good, but I wasn't happy with their version of Irish Stew: a Lamb shank in a thin broth with a couple of chat potatoes and a raw carrot! Very odd! Up early tomorrow, so had a couple of drinks then walked home. 12000 steps today!
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  • Day5

    Parade of Bands

    April 15, 2017 in Australia

    The alarm was set quite early as we had to be at the other end of town to form up (corner of Elizabeth and John St) and be 'dressed' by 8:45am (a good 20 minute walk from where we were staying. Thankfully, Garry took the instruments up again in the car. I had the usual problem of working out what I absolutely needed to carry in my little black bag that was strung over my shoulder under my jacket. It was also chilly so we kept our jackets on until the very last minute - our uniforms consisted of a black long sleeved shirt.

    The inspection over (checking uniform, ranks, straightness of lines, sharpness of attending to commands and a pile of other things), we had to then report to the diagonally opposite corner of the park to form up and step off. Step off time was scheduled for 9:18, but of course ended up being later than that. Many bands opted to do a fancy turn where we had to turn right, but we were happy that we all ended up back in our ranks after going round into the next street. Funnily enough, although we were supposed to go back and do the repeat, we all seemed to forget, which was a good thing. John (drummer) started us back off again.

    After we had finished, we made our way back to Garry's car, stopping here and there to talk to other people we bumped into along the way, as well as watch and clap the bands still in the parade. We took our instruments back to the car and picked up our jackets before heading back down to the mall, again stopping in various places to watch the other bands. Rae was getting in serious need for a coffee, so eventually made our way back to the Mall and to Coffee Republic which was thankfully open today! Told Jill where we were and were joined by them. When we got there lots of tables were empty, and by the time they had arrived, there wasn't a seat to be found. We chatted again to them while they ordered a coffee, and made our way up the mall to reach the others.

    This time we had a lovely sandwich a couple of doors up from Banjos and sat chatting for a while. we made our way back to Penny Royal eventually, Rae deciding we had time to do some laundry before our rehearsal at 3pm

    Everyone seemed to have settle a little in this rehearsal, so we were hoping for great things in the morning! Wandered over to the King's Bridge for a couple of drinks with Ken, then Jill suggested we eat at a place called Levee - a 20 minute walk along the waterfront. Nice food and good pizzas as well
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Launceston, لاونسستون, Lonseston, لانسستون، تاسمانی, لانسێستن، تاسمانیا, לונסטון, LST, ローンセストン, ლონსესტონი, 론서스턴, لاونسسٹن, Лонсестон, लॉनसेसटन, லான்செசுடன், لانسسٹن، تسمانیا, 朗塞斯顿

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